Joe Buck and Troy Aikman were a mess during Giants game
At the top of Thursday night’s Giants-Eagles game on Fox, Joe Buck spoke a pretty good idea. With a 1-5 team at a 1-4-1 team, he said, “Let’s throw out the records and watch a good battle in the NFC East.”
But Buck’s plan was almost immediately abandoned by the inability of TV to allow the home audience to enjoy any football game.
The Eagles scored on the game’s first possession with a QB keeper by Carson Wentz. Troy Aikman then treated the obvious with the obvious: “Well, that’s the start they wanted.” Thanks.
That was quickly followed by a Joe Buck recital of a stat. Buck would sound so much more football-enlightened if he ignored all stats. But he would recite his social security number if it were handed to him to read aloud: “Wentz,” he exclaimed, “is now second in the NFL to [the Cardinals’] Kyler Murray for rushing touchdowns among quarterbacks.”
So what? Buck just finished telling us the Eagles are 1-4-1!
But Buck could call another 300 games and still report all third- and fourth-down attempts and coaches’ replay-challenge records as if they’re derived from exactly the same situations — when that’s never the case.
And during that opening drive, Buck expressed his admiration for Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, no mention of his hateful, ignorant Jew-bashing a mere three months ago. Then again, Jackson wasn’t a victim of bigotry, he was a perpetrator.
Later, Aikman seemed to nominate struggling second-year Giants QB Daniel Jones for early admission to the Hall of Fame: “If you give Jones time and his receivers get open, he’s as good as anyone in the league.” Hmmm.
Late in the first half, the Giants were primed to receive a punt at midfield. There was 1:06 left, the Eagles fourth-and-6 from their 13. The clock was running, so the Giants judiciously called a time out. Aikman: “Well, the Giants just burned a time out.”
Moments later he said, “The Giants will now get another chance at this thing before the end of the half.” So much for “burning” a timeout.
This is how it went. Pretty much the way it always goes.
Fox even had Alex Rodriguez on its NFL pregame show, as if his appearances on Fox’s awful World Series pregame show would draw added thousands rather than discourage them from watching.
Why do some publicly react to Internet trolls?
Even when I was a kid, I couldn’t figure why small KKK demonstrations drew protestors. Totally ignoring the Klan would have frustrated and disarmed them, leaving them to perform in an empty arena. Bye!
And yet we now regularly see and hear public figures publicly sharing their victimization by a few lowlifes, or by a singular low life. No modern society is free from those given to cruelly but cowardly hiding behind and within “social” media.
Last week ESPN sideline reporter Molly McGrath, who is visibly pregnant, went public with a singular tweet from a techno-vandal who ridiculed her appearance. Instead of ignoring such a stupid missive, she launched a long, soulful self-defense and a solemn treatise on expectant motherhood on Instagram, as if this one poster represents thousands of like-minded morons.
In other words, she took the bait.
We now see and hear this a lot, celebrities posting tweets attacking their race, religion, politics, family, appearance, whatever a lowlife with time on his or her hands can do. They seem to relish such attention-grabbing victimization rather than dismiss it.
Why share such garbage with the public? I don’t know.
I’ve received more than a few anti-Semitic emails. And I recognize that they’re far easier to send than traditional letters, which take effort and postage. But I’ve never chosen to share them, as I know they’ve been sent by a creep. I delete them. All gone!
At the turn of the last century, as the story is told, there were two automobiles in the entire world. And they collided with each other.
This past Sunday, the Eagles and the NFL allowed a very limited number of “fans” to attend the Ravens-Eagles game, and thus it was easy for supporters of both teams to find one another. There was a drunken brawl in the stands, with lots of swinging room for those eager to slug it out in defense of their teams.
The Eagles were the first NFL team to install a police booking station and jail within their stadium. Drunk and disorderly arrests became that numerous. And those wearing the jerseys of visiting teams were — and likely still are — the targets for assault.
Other in-stadium drunk tanks and booking depots followed.
What has Roger Goodell done about this? At 10 bucks for a cheap beer, nothing.
TV shows just the show-offs
You think it was a mere oversight that Fox promos throughout the NLCS chose to “star” the Braves’ Ronald Acuna as opposed to Freddie Freeman? Both played seven games. Acuna hit .167, but acted as if he had hit .360. Freeman hit .360, but acted as if he had hit .167.
Acuna is an all-about-me, posing show-off while Freeman plays hard, but modestly. Thus Fox only thinks it chose the star attraction.
So a “struggling” businessman left financially devastated by the COVID crisis, as seen and heard in a Joe Biden campaign ad, is actually a wealthy man in no immediate financial distress.
That reminds me of a PGA Tour image ad, one in which Craig Stadler, never known for his cheery disposition, is seen escorting two underprivileged children to the San Diego zoo.
Turned out those kids belonged to a PGA executive — as this column years ago revealed.
Game 2 of the World Series, Rays 6, Dodgers 4: 12 pitchers, 22 strikeouts despite the DH, five home runs, time of game 3:40. With an 8:10 ET start on a Wednesday night, half the country knew before it began that they’d never make it to the end.
But it’s only the World Series.
Craig Carton returning to WFAN? Very likely, very soon. For better or worse, he’s allowed to make a living, especially with nearly $5 million due in restitution — and even if the station is now overly reliant on gambling ad revenue and gambling chatter.
If he’s hired, we’ll see how Carton and WFAN work that out, but he’s unlikely to repudiate what the station’s advertisers sell.
And based on that HBO “documentary,” Carton still suffers from a dangerous sense of excessive self-entitlement. He still thinks he’s extra special.
One more on Doc Emrick, from reader John Ratomski: When the tough guys on the third and fourth lines came on the ice, Emrick would say, “Six Dobermans, one tennis ball!”
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